Nearly twice as many properties may be susceptible to flood damage than previously thought

Percentage of properties at risk of flooding during a major storm New Data Reveals Hidden Flood Risk Across America By Christopher Flavelle, Denise Lu, Veronica Penney, Nadja Popovich and John Schwartz in NYTimes, June 29, 2020 Nearly twice as many properties may be susceptible to flood damage than previously thought, according to a new effort to map the danger. Across much of the United States, the …

First ever temperatures over 100 F in Arctic, occurring 80 years early for what is projected if current emissions trends continue

What’s perhaps even more impressive is that this relative warmth has persisted since December, with average temperatures in western Siberia 10 degrees Fahrenheit above normal — doubling the previous departure from average in 2016. The average heat across Russia from January to May is so remarkable that it matches what’s projected to be normal by the year 2100 if current …

In 30 years from now, on the current path, almost half a million existing homes will be on land that floods at least once a year

Rising seas threaten an American institution: The 30-year mortgage The New York Times | Christopher Flavelle Up and down the coastline, rising seas and climate change are transforming a fixture of American homeownership that dates back generations: the classic 30-year mortgage. Home buyers are increasingly using mortgages that make it easier for them to stop making their monthly payments and …

Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism and Climate Change: Yampierre says understand the economics–then you know that climate change is the child of all that destruction (domination and slavery), of all of that extraction, of all of those decisions that were made and how those ended up

“You need to understand the economics. If you understand that, then you know that climate change is the child of all that destruction (domination and slavery), of all of that extraction, of all of those decisions that were made and how those ended up, not just in terms of our freedom and taking away freedom from black people, but hurting …

Exposing the World’s Biggest Carbon Emitters: US oil and gas and trade associations failed the country by ignoring the foreseeable and foreseen impacts of their carbon products, which the industry has been aware of for decades

“Energy accountant” Richard Heede does research needed to hold major polluters accountable for their actions “The industry (particularly US oil and gas companies and trade associations) failed the country by ignoring the foreseeable and foreseen impacts of their carbon products, which the industry has been aware of for decades (Franta 2018; CIEL 2017; ICN 2015), with lobbying for legislative and regulatory relief …

Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come. Can We Survive Extreme Heat?

Since the 1960s, the average number of annual heat waves in 50 major American cities has tripled. They are also becoming more deadly. In 2018, there were 181 heat-related deaths in Arizona’s Maricopa County, nearly three times the number from four years earlier. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2004 and 2017, about a quarter of …

The heat waves that powered the Dust Bowl are now more than twice as likely to happen again MICHAEL D’ESTRIES May 27, 2020 A dust storm approaches Stratford, Texas, in 1935. (Photo: NOAA George E. Marsh Album [public domain]/Wikimedia Commons) They were called “black blizzards” and “black rollers,” towering billows of dust rising thousands of feet high that became ominous symbols of …

Group hopes to see new economy emerge based on Hawaiian values of ʻāina aloha—a deep and abiding love for our communities and natural environments

By Dan Nakaso, Star Advertiser, May 20, 2020 A new group that wants to reboot Hawaii’s tourist-based economy in the era of the new coronavirus announced a four-step plan Tuesday to come up with ideas by August based on Native Hawaiian cultural values. The ‘Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration, which was sent to Gov. David Ige, is the first part of …

Can We Survive Extreme Heat? Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come

Rolling Stone, by Jeff Goodell, May 2020 The real question is not whether superheated cities are sustainable. With enough money and engineering skill, you can sustain life on Mars. The issue is, sustainable for whom? Illustration by Sean McCabe. On a scorching day in downtown Phoenix, when the temperature soars to 115°F or higher, heat becomes a lethal force. Sunshine assaults …

Tropical Storms Are Getting More Intense: nearly four decades of satellite data from storms around the world, the likelihood of a storm reaching Category 3 or above, with sustained winds above 110 miles per hour, increased 8 percent per decade

 Jordan Davidson May. 19, 2020 Climate Home News The devastation caused by hurricanes in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, North Carolina and Houston over the last few years is a direct effect of the climate crisis, which is making tropical storms stronger and wetter, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as CNN reported. The study looked …